FA Cup has been a good platform for Wigan youngsters, says Golobart

The 20-year-old has featured prominently in the Latics' run to the quarter-finals this term and believes the club's fringe players have learnt from the experience
Wigan defender Roman Golobart says the club's FA Cup run has provided a "good platform" for fringe players to make a case for first-team inclusion.

The Barcelona-born stopper has featured in all four of the Latics' outings in the world's oldest cup competition this term, helping them set up a quarter-final meeting with Everton on Saturday.

And he believes Roberto Martinez's squad players are finding "rhythm" having played together frequently, something which he believes can help keep the cup run alive.

“Most of us didn’t play many games for six months of the season before the FA Cup so we needed this platform and now I think after the Huddersfield game we have really found our rhythm together," he told the club's official website.

“The teams we have played so far have given us a good platform for the quarter finals and we have grown as a team and created some momentum.

“It’s going to be important to maintain that rhythm against Everton on Saturday but the confidence is there because of the way we played in the last round.

“As well as me, Fraser [Fyvie] and Callum [McManaman] playing against Huddersfield, there has been Nouha [Dicko], Jordan [Mustoe] and Angelo Henriquez involved in the FA Cup this season.

“In the three games before Huddersfield against Bournemouth twice and against Macclesfield we played with a really young team and I think that is an important thing for the club.

“We are all players who have something to prove and I think the willingness to prove ourselves is something that has boosted the team and brought something new to the table.”

The 20-year-old enjoyed a loan spell at Inverness under the stewardship of England legend Terry Butcher last year, and believes the experience was crucial in his development.

“He was really inspirational to me because he helped me to learn the British game and there is no better way to learn than from someone with so much experience," he added.

“To get compliments from a guy like Terry Butcher is one of the most important things for me and he always said that if I work hard then I would get the chances with Wigan Athletic.

“When I arrived in Scotland I knew of Terry and the legend of him playing with the head injury.

“It’s weird because in the same year that he played with the bandages full of blood my father broke his nose in a game for Espanyol and carried on playing with his shirt full of blood too.”

Golobart was also quick to credit the numerous other coaches who have helped him reach this point in his career.

“I feel that I owe a lot to the people that have helped me so far in my career," he continued.

“Dennis Lawrence and Graham Barrow have been big influences in my development and I hope that I have repaid their faith in me in the right way because they believed in what I was doing in the Under 21s.”